Spitz Stadium will receive a much needed facelift this year. Spitz Stadium is Lethbridge’s premiere baseball park, and the first phase of major renovations to the 41-year-old facility is expected to begin this fall. The renovation will focus on upgrades to the stadium exterior, washroom renovations, accessibility improvements, and upgraded press/media boxes.
“Spitz Stadium is a well-loved sports facility in our community, and after 40 years, it’s due for some significant updates,” said Mayor Chris Spearman. “This renovation project is a priority in our city’s capital budget, and I know our community – sports fans and players alike – is going to appreciate the improvements that are planned.”
The $2.9-million capital budget for the renovation originally contemplated other upgrades to the facility, as well, such as a full upper concourse with additional washrooms, and the addition of a VIP suite. However, a Request for Quotations (RFQ) process early this year determined that the entire range of upgrades could not be funded under the existing budget. As a result, the original RFQ has been cancelled, and the project is being re-scoped to allow a number of key upgrades to proceed this year, while some others will be deferred for consideration in the City’s 2018-2027 capital budget, which will be determined in 2017.
“These improvements will not only enhance the experience for our patrons but also enhance our capacity to host high-profile events,” said Kevin Kvame, President of the Spitz Stadium Society and President of the Lethbridge Bulls Baseball Club. “We’re very pleased that we’ve been able to collaborate with the City of Lethbridge to ensure that the most important elements of this renovation project can get underway this year.”
Originally named Henderson Stadium, Spitz Stadium was built in 1975 and can accommodate more than 2,000 spectators. It hosts more than 250 games each year with estimated total attendance of approximately 55,000 fans.